On 7 December around 200 people, mostly teenagers, gathered at St Mary’s Church in the centre of Bridgwater for Movement’s End of Year Celebration; and a celebration it certainly was.
After a welcome and introduction from Rich and Ruth Miles, the Movement band led the young congregation in song, beginning with the familiar refrain ‘O come let us adore him’ and moving into some of the newest worship songs including Hillsong’s ‘King of Kings’ and Bethel’s ‘Waymaker’.
Guest speaker Mike Pilavachi, from Soul Survivor Watford, brought the message drawing on Luke 5:1-11 and John 21:1-13, the fishing stories at each end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. He asked those gathered: “Where do you see yourself in these stories?… Jesus wants to be your teacher, as well as your king… your friend… and your Lord. He wants to take you on an adventure.”
As the band continued to play, numbers of young people came forward to receive prayer and recommit themselves to the adventure of faith and life in Jesus.
Rev Morey Andrews, Mission Enabler for Sedgemoor Deanery who helped host the event at St Mary’s commented:
“It was wonderful to have Movement leading worship and Mike Pilivachi coming to speak. His message engaged with everyone present. At the end one young person said to me “Well, that was better than normal church”! We, as churches, are praying for the young people of Bridgwater and believe and hope this will be a catalyst for change.”
Go Team Adviser, Andy Levett added:
“What the Movement team do so well is put on events where young people can come together – and in Bridgwater we saw lots of small groups of young people and their youth leaders gathering to be part of something bigger. An exciting picture!”
For more information about Movement gatherings coming up in 2020 visit their website or follow on social media @weare_movement.